WOBURN, Mass., Aug. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Today, HealthcareSource®, the leading provider of talent management solutions for the healthcare industry, issued a statement in support of the Educating Medical Professionals and Optimizing Workforce Efficiency and Readiness (EMPOWER) Act, a bill that passed in the House in late July and is now under review in the Senate. The legislation, also known as H.R. 3728, supports interprofessional geriatric education, training, and research to develop a geriatric-capable workforce, improving health outcomes for our country's rapidly growing and diverse aging population.
If passed, the legislation would reauthorize the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, under which health professions schools can receive grants to integrate geriatrics training and education with primary care training and education. It would also revive Geriatric Academic Career Awards to support the training of healthcare professionals who can provide geriatric clinical education.
"Over the next 20 years, an average of 10,000 people in the U.S. will reach age 65 every day — a staggering number when you consider that experienced healthcare professionals are also aging out of the profession at an alarming rate," said J.P. Fingado, Chief Executive Officer and President of HealthcareSource. "This has created a perfect storm for providers trying to meet the healthcare needs of this growing population."
According to Senator Susan Collins, co-sponsor of the Geriatrics Workforce Improvement Program, "the country needs 20,000 geriatricians to meet the needs of older adults, yet fewer than 7,300 physicians are board-certified in the specialty."
Leading healthcare organizations are investing in education and training programs to hire the best talent, keep them engaged, and continually grow them through a combination of both clinical courses and professional skills and leadership training. Through a strategic partnership with Ed4Online, HealthcareSource has expanded its NetLearning® learning management system and accompanying eLearning Library℠ of online courseware to provide healthcare professionals more advanced education and training solutions that address the full continuum of care, including 64 courses geared specifically toward eldercare.
HealthcareSource® is the only comprehensive talent management suite designed specifically to support the healthcare talent ecosystem. Our software, services, content, and analytics enable more than 3,500 healthcare organizations, senior care providers, and staffing agencies, spanning over 6,000 locations, to ensure quality patient and client care by recruiting, retaining, and developing quality talent. HealthcareSource and its award-winning healthcare talent management solutions have been recognized by industry analysts and trade groups.